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Flag Raising Event at the Antioch Historical Society Museum
April 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
The Antioch Historical Society Museum along with the VFW Post 6435 will be having an flag raising ceremony at the museum at 1 P.M. on April 6th .
Prior to the flag raising ceremony, starting at 9 A.M. there will be a cleanup event at the Antioch Historical Society Museum. The museum is located at 1500 West Fourth Street in Antioch.
Learning the history of Flag Raising Ceremonies is an interesting way to understand the meaning of this patriotic ritual prior to attending this time-honored ceremony. In 1923, the National Flag Conference developed a National Flag Code and later, Congress passed a resolution enacting the Flag Code. The code dictates the proper way to display the flag and the method of raising the flag. The singing of the National Anthem and saying the Pledge of Allegiance are part of Flag Code. The flag must be carried flat and neatly folded without touching the ground or floor. As the flag is carried, everyone should face and salute it as it goes by. A military person will call out “Please rise for the presentation of the colors”. After the flag raised, everyone takes off their hats and salute the flag as the National Anthem is played followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. At the end of the ceremony, the words “Color guard dismissed” are spoken to signal the end of the flag raising ceremony. VFW organizations are known for performing the Flag Raising Ceremony when asked to do so.
After the flag raising ceremony, the Antioch History Museum will be opened to the public from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. The museum is typically opened every Wednesday and Saturday at this time except for certain holidays. The museum is free to the public.
Inside the museum, there is an area dedicated to military exhibits. One recently donated item on display at the museum is an United States flag that was one of the last flags to leave Vietnam at the end of the Vietnam War. “It is very important to preserve the history of wars as best we can so we never forget our Veterans and the devasting losses from these conflicts”, said Dwayne Eubanks, President-Elect from the Antioch Historical Society Museum. Dwayne has been working with VFW Post 6435 board member J.R. Wilson on the planning of this event.
Please come and see this time honored tradition and the museum on April 6th. The Antioch Historical Society Board of Directors would love to see volunteers come at 9 A.M. for the cleanup too.